Pakistan

Military Tribunal Courts in Gilgit Baltistan: A Suicide Attack on Local Autonomy

Military Tribunal Courts in Gilgit Baltistan: A Suicide Attack on Local Autonomy

By Senge Sering, President of Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies
Location United States United States

Gilgit Baltistan is pressing for autonomy as part of a larger push towards democracy. The Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan, long under dispute with India, operates without a constitutional framework. This lack of rule of law has meant that all judicial matters have been guided by political motives. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent establishment of military tribunal courts in the region is a continuation of the policy to rule Gilgit Baltistan as a modern […]

January 22, 2015 · 0 comments · Pakistan, Politics, South Asia
Why The Media Neglects Baloch Missing Persons

Why The Media Neglects Baloch Missing Persons

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Domestic media in Pakistan and international media omit proper coverage of the plight of Baloch missing persons. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an association of peaceful protest formed by the families of those missing, claims there are 18,000 unsolved cases of missing persons. Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest of its four administrative provinces, is a resource-rich territory where thousands of innocent Baloch civilians and political activists have allegedly been abducted since President Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. Locals […]

Reforming the Reformers in Balochistan

Reforming the Reformers in Balochistan

By Adnan Aamir, Freelance Researcher, Analyst and Columnist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

The Chief Minister’s Policy Reforms Unit (CMPRU) has been hailed as a revolutionary step of the Balochistan chief minister by many analysts. QUETTA — The Chief Minister’s Policy Reforms Unit (CMPRU) is an autonomous organization established in 2013 to provide research-based policy support to the Balochistan government. A discovery of errors in its recent publications and structural flaws prove that CMPRU needs reforms. On December 8, 2014 CMPRU launched a set of publications that it has […]

January 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Balochistan, Pakistan, Politics
Pakistan’s Response to Charlie Hebdo

Pakistan’s Response to Charlie Hebdo

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan must do a better job ensuring the protection of journalists in 2015. On Jan. 7, a gruesome terrorist attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris resulted in the murder of 12 people including a police officer, cartoonist and journalists. The response in pursuit of the suspects started within just a few minutes after the incident. It was condemned wholly worldwide and the newspapers declared this one of the biggest cowardly acts on […]

January 15, 2015 · 1 comment · Pakistan, Politics
Nearly Two Million Children in Balochistan Out of School

Nearly Two Million Children in Balochistan Out of School

By Mir Behram Baloch, Journalist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Balochistan faces massive education challenges to encourage nearly two million children to return to school. QUETTA —1.8 million children in Balochistan are out of school, said Sardar Raza Barech, education advisor to Chief Minister (CM) of Balochistan on Monday. Mr. Barech made the revelation while speaking at a program titled “Education Governance” that was organized by Mishal Pakistan in Quetta Press Club. According to Barech there are 800 high schools and 1,165 middle schools in […]

Pakistan: Between Coup and Constitutional Engineering

Pakistan: Between Coup and Constitutional Engineering

By Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research, South Asia Democratic Forum
Location Germany Germany

Pakistan started the New Year 2015 with another unfortunate episode in its truncated political history. One could once again hear the momentous military rhetoric of the “doctrine of necessity” in order to justify direct intervention into the country’s politics, to establish formal prerogatives and an institutionally ensured role for the military. On January 6, the National Assembly and the Senate approved the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill and Pakistan Army Act 1952 (Amendment) Bill 2015, unopposed. […]

January 15, 2015 · 3 comments · Pakistan, Politics, South Asia
Poem: Waiting For Your Entrance

Poem: Waiting For Your Entrance

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Dedicated to a daughter of a missing person The clay made-dreams of a kid Grow flowery spikes in each remembrance Ever since you promised for a gift Why don’t you come back shortly? She has waited, waiting and will wait In every single jiffy of absurd reminiscences, She made a castle with a shabby walls around She has bade all her friends once And now calling them over As she dreamt your entrance in preceding […]

January 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Pakistan, poetry